ATHENS -- Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett tied a school record with 5 touchdown passes starting in place of injured quarterback JT Daniels on Saturday, leading his team to a 56-7 win over UAB.
The No. 2-ranked Bulldogs piled up 539 yards of total offense, racing out to a 35-0 halftime lead with Bennett throwing all five of his TD passes in the first half.
“I just prepped like we were playing Clemson last week,” said Bennett, who learned he would start on Thursday morning. “Every game I’ve started and played, I’ve prepared the same way.”
Bennett became the sixth UGA quarterback to throw 5 touchdown passes in a game, finishing 10-of-12 passing for 288 yards.
“It seems like that’s an Oklahoma stat line when they play some north southwest Texas,” Bennett joked. “If anyone says they expected that stat line, they are lying to you.”
Note: Arian Smith appears to be limping coming out of halftime locker room
Georgia held a 56-0 lead before the Blazers (1-1) got on the scoreboard, picking off redshirt freshman Carson Beck in the fourth quarter and returning the interception 61 yards with 5:02 left to avoid the shutout.
Beck finished 5 of 11 passing for 97 yards with a touchdown and the interception.
Georgia plays South Carolina next Saturday in Athens in its SEC opener.
Georgia QB Stetson Bennett stats and team stats
Georgia 56, UAB 7, 5:02: Keondre Swoopes 61-yard interception return for TD (Quinn kick).
Georgia 56, UAB 0, 10:14: Jamon Dumas-Johnson 21-yard interception return for TD (Podlesny kick).
Injury Update: Wide receiver Arian Smith is out for the remainder of the game with a right lower leg contusion.
Georgia 49, UAB 0, 7:11: Justin Robinson 12-yard pass from Carson Beck (Podlesny kick).
Georgia 42, UAB 0, 8:42: James Cook 14-yard run (Podlesny kick).